Siem Reap Pub Street
After the sun goes down, the focus shifts firmly a block east of the Old Market to the 'Pub Street' and the nearby alleys, so named for the numerous and varied restaurants and pubs that line Street 8. It all began in 1998 when Angkor What? Bar opened its doors - the lone pub on an otherwise quiet street. These days Pub Street is packed end to end with restaurants, boutiques, shops and pubs as are the many of the connecting alleys and passages, each with its own special character.
You can find all kinds of cuisines on and around Pub Street including Khmer, Thai, French, Vietnamese, Indian, Italian and a variety of other international foods. Most of the bars are open all day but really get going around 5:00PM as people return from the temples and come to take advantage of the various happy hour deals. In the later evening the Pub Street is blocked to motor traffic, allowing pedestrians to stroll easily. It's then the street really comes alive as the curbside seating at the fill and the bars crank up the music. The whole area is the center of nightlife in Siem Reap these days with most places staying open until at least midnight and couple running until near dawn.
Running parallel to Pub Street about a half block to either side, the pleasant little pedestrian-only alleys harbor collections of unique cozy haunts and offer a more relaxed, artsy atmosphere. The Passage (aka Pub Street Alley) is the first and busiest of the alleys with the greatest variety of businesses - focusing primarily on restaurants, there are also several bars, galleries and shops. A continuation of The Passage across Street 11 is Alley West, perhaps the quaintest of the alleys with an emphasis on boutiques and shops but also offering a few friendly little bars and cafes. On the opposite side of Pub Street, The Lane is the sparsest and quietest of the alleys, sporting a few pubs, restaurants and a late night club.